Getting kids to read under the covers

We are really lucky that our kids have all inherited my love of reading. I know this. I embrace it and encourage it. I also know that for many kids, reading under the covers (or anywhere, for that matter, isn't appealing at all. For those kids, and those who like to read under the covers, ...

Thomas & Friends TrackMaster #Trackmaster

Thomas Avalanche

This post brought to you by Fisher-Price. All opinions are 100% mine. This has been an exciting month for the Thomas & Friends fans in our house- and our circle of friends.  We had a party so we could all Check out the new Thomas & Friends™ TrackMaster ™ Online and build your very own track design! ...

Ravioli with Creamy Herb Sauce #HoodMealMakeover #SourCream

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I had more inspiration after I left the Hood Meal Makeover Event last week.  Actually, I've since had yet another inspirational thought, but that recipe will come later this fall, I think.  I was actually trying to figure out a meatless meal for my oldest, who's meat-free, but also have something we would all enjoy, ...

Help the medicine go down with Dr. Cocoa

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It’s hard watching your child be sick. As a mother, it tugs at the core of my heart. I hate feeling helpless, not being able to wave my magic mommy wand and fix things right away. Like most moms I’ll do anything in my power to get the feeling just like new as soon as ...

Old Salem Museums & Gardens and Chocolate #ChocolateHistory

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to travel to North Carolina and visit the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, learning about the heritage of Salem and the history of chocolate.  This was the last of our stops on our chocolate history tour with American Heritage Chocolate.  It could not have been a more beautiful ...

Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips Recipe for Dogs

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Roasted potatoes and cheddar make a great snack for dogs, they’re tasty and a healthy alternative to most dog treats. These doggy potato chips are quick and easy to make, even kids can help.  Roasted Cheddar Potato Chips for Dogs Ingredients 2-3 russet potatoes ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded Supplies Mandolin Slicer, with waves if possible parchment paper containers for storing   Preheat the oven ...

American Heritage Chocolate Pancakes with Apples

American Heritage Chocolate Apple Pancakes

Brett and I have  recently had the opportunity of touring some really amazing American historical sites with American Heritage Chocolate including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and most recently Old Salem Gardens and Museum.  These were amazing trips and left me inspired to create some new recipes at home using American Heritage Chocolate like ...

Healthy Fast Food Options #HappyBalance

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I've gotten over the initial disappointment of summer ending and back-to-school coming into the picture. The constant busy week hustle has actually begun to even fill normal. It's funny because we tend to think of the summer time being the time to spend with family, but it's starting to seem like it's actually the opposite. ...

Parsley Carrot Dog Treats Recipe

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Tobey's 13 1/2. He gets spoiled more and more as he gets older. I won't apologize for it. He deserves it. That includes homemade treats!!  Check out this quick and easy dog treats recipe the kids love to make for Tobey :) Parsley Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients 1 bunch of fresh parsley, finely chop the entire bunch, including ...

PlaySkool Party and Let’s Imagine Elmo

PlaySkool Let's Imagine Elmo

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Playskool.  I received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.  All opinions are my own. I recently hosted a Playskool party in my home for my sons, a few of ...